Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.
As one DC educator shared, “One of my favorite parts is that Restorative Practices is so user-friendly. There is such a push on the academic piece nowadays and there is a disconnect between the educator and the youth. It is a problem that exists in so many of our schools. RP closes the distance between our educators, adults, and kids. This helps us keep connected as they are getting older. It’s a great tool. Not just reactive, but to build community.”
OSSE, is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to offer monthly trainings on Restorative Justice. In addition, a Community of Practice is held every second Tuesday of the month where participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional learning.
Restorative Justice Professional Development
To view the full schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities for Summer 2019, see attached flyer.
- Tuesday, July 2: Restorative Schools Overview
- Wednesday, July 24, 2019: Restorative Communication
- Tuesday-Wednesday, July 30-31, 2019: Restorative Discipline
- Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019: Restorative Justice and Special Education
- Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019: Restorative Justice and Young Learners
- Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019: Trauma Awareness and Resilience
- Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 13-14, 2019: Proactive and Active Circle Keeping
Restorative Justice Monthly Community of Practice
During the 2018-19 school year, OSSE will partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.
The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Justice practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library. CoP dates will resume October 2019.
For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].